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ORIGINS OF THE GEORGE HAGER FAMILY OF DETROIT

We are related to George Hager (AKA Johan Georg Hacker), born on February 11, 1826, who in 1836 at the age of eleven came to America, traveling from his birthplace of Somborn, near Gelnhausen, Hessen-Darmstradt, Prussia (Germany).

Did George travel to America in 1836 with his older half brother Daniel and his younger brother Conrad? I am looking for information and descendants about Conrad and Daniel Hager or Hacker. I am also looking for information and descendants of another George and Ann Hager who lived next to George and Eva Hager in Detroit in the 1860ís. I do not know if they are related. Any information you have about these people would be greatly appreciated.

Andreas Hacker was the father of George, Conrad and Daniel. He died in Somborn when George was three years old, on March 2, 1829. Andreas had three wives, Anna Maria Schilling, the mother of George and Conrad Hager, being the third. Andreas had three surviving children (Katharina, Johannes, and Daniel) from his two previous marriages. Danielís motherís name was Maria Margaretha Gondolf who died on December 28, 1819, in Somborn.

In the 1860 Census (page 277 or page 51 of the 4th Ward), we find the Hager household as the 344 unit counted in the 4th Ward of Detroit, wherein were the following: ďGeo. Hager, age 35, master shoemaker, Hessia; Eva Hager, age 28, Bavaria; Geo. Hager, age 8, Mich.; William Vogt, age 19, shoemaker from Bavaria; Heich. Miller, age 20, shoemaker from Wurttemberg; and Urn Fuhts, age 18, shoemaker from Hessia.Ē This may have been 116 Franklin, which was the shoe shop address.

Also, according to the 1860 Census, in unit number 345 lived Ann Hager, age 30; Georg Hager, age 11; Eva Hager, age 9; and Frank Hager, age 6; all born in Michigan. Is this address 114 Franklin Street, the George and Eva Hager household? Were they related? The Michigan Gazetteer & Business Directory for 1856-7 lists a George Hager as a Customs House Inspector living at 116 Franklin Street, Detroit. Is this the same George Hager, the shoemaker, or the husband of Ann Hager referenced below? Is this a brother or some other relative of our George Hager? What became of them, as they are not in Detroit's 1870 Census?

At Phillip Peter Hager's baptism on February 5, 1854, the witnesses are identified as Conrad Hager and Sophia Blum. Sophia Blum was Eva's sister-in-law who had married to Frank Blum. They lived in the 7th Ward of Detroit, where Frank was a City Councilman. According to the 1860 Census (Bay County page 873), a Conrad Hager, age 32 years old, laborer from Brunswick (or Braunschweig, in Lower Saxony - Germany) who lived in Bay City, Michigan, with his wife Johanna Hager, age 33, also from Brunswick, and children: Anna, age 14 and August, age 2, both born in Michigan. Is this the same Conrad Hager or Hacker who was the younger brother of George Hager or Johan Georg Hacker's younger brother, born in Somborn on March 23, 1829, according to records of St. Anna's Church in Somborn?

Both of George Hagerís boys moved to Marquette, Michigan. George William Hager, at age 19, traveled there in 1871 to open an upholstery shop and eventually a furniture store in a series of partnerships. Charles Albert Hager (AKA Uncle Al) followed his older brother to Marquette in 1876, when he was fourteen. He first opened an undertaker's shop. Later, they formed a furniture manufacturing and retail company called Hager Brothers Company, Limited. They were very successful businessmen, widely respected in Marquette.

The George Hager Family of Michigan
Updated September 5, 2000

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